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Boston Uprising: Playoffs Preview

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In an unexpected twist of fate, the Boston Uprising have made into the playoffs. After an amazing upset again a fan favorite, Dallas Fuel, the Uprising have managed to secure the eighth seed in the first playoffs of Season 2 of the Overwatch League. Despite proving themselves as a worthy contender to an unsuspecting audience, Boston isn’t quite out of the woods yet. They face a terrifying first opponent in the number one seeded, Vancouver Titans.

Boston Uprising Review

DALLAS FUEL (4-3)

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Courtesy of Dallas Fuel

Many predicted this game to sway in favor of the Dallas Fuel. In the first half, it seemed that things would eventually turn over to the Texas favorites. However, in a stunning reverse sweep, the Uprising made an immense comeback. With great focus from the entire team as a whole, they managed to take Dallas to a map five tie breaker. Then, in the third round, the Uprising sealed the deal, propelling them into the eighth seed of the stage playoffs.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: AimGod

He does it again, and again, and again. With how aggressive Dallas was being, the Uprising tended to suffer in the earlier games of the series. Once they had time to regroup and strategize, they came back with everything they had. Minseok “AimGod” “Jeff” Kwon was in the middle of this mindset shift. By consistently outplaying Richard “rCk” Kanerva’s Sombra, AimGod made room for Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth to land the blows necessary to win team fights. A sniper, a healer, and the core of this team, AimGod proves time and time again how pivotal his role is with every game.

Boston Uprising Preview

Vancouver Titans (7-0), Mar 21

It’s hard to look at a match-up like this and have faith in the Uprising. They’re a good team, and they’ve proven that they can square up against the best of the best. However, the Titans have established themselves as the best team in the League. They’re undefeated, they’ve managed to conquer every opponent they’ve faced, and they’re eager to go all the way and face NYXL.

Because of how strong they are, a Boston victory doesn’t look very likely. With how well they performed against NYXL in the first game of the League, it’s safe to think that they won’t go down without a fight. Expect a map win at the very most, and some fast paced gameplay that’ll entertain.

PREDICTION: Titans win 3-1

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It comes down to Fusions once more. In another battle of the main tanks, Fusions will be facing off against the almighty Sang-beom “Bumper” Park. A main tank who’s proven himself through aggressive playstyle and out of control moves that his team make work in his favor. It’ll be interesting to watch this clash of the titans. Fusions tends to play aggressive as well, with constant support from AimGod to keep him alive in dire situations. Whether Boston wins these fights is another story. For now, it’ll be fun to watch these two teams pump resources into their tanks to let them battle it out for glory.

Looking Forward

If the Uprising manage to defeat the Titans, as slim as their chances are, they’ll be matched up against the winner of the Philadelphia Fusion and the Atlanta Reign. Both teams are formidable forces, and the Uprising would have a hard time tackling them in a variety of ways. When it comes to the Fusion, it’s a battle of supports. With synergy, the Fusion manage to make the best out of sometimes messy situations. With the Reign, it’s all about the unexpected. So far, the Uprising have only shown their strength in a GOATs composition. Atlanta has a multitude of ways to counter and play into GOATs in ways that the Uprising cannot handle, putting them in a tricky spot.

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2019-03-16 / Photo: Stewart Volland For Blizzard Entertainment

Overall, it’s expected that the Uprising are cut after their first match. However, despite the way things ended for the first stage, it’s safe to say that Boston has widely exceeded expectations. For a team that most people ranked at the very bottom of their early season power rankings, the Uprising have come into this new season with new talent and a hunger to constantly prove everyone wrong. With an appearance in the playoffs, they’ve absolutely succeeded. It’ll be amazing to see what they can pulloff for the second stage.

 

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